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To depend strictly upon defense means that there is not enough strength of purpose in your heart.

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Book Four

Never throw the first punch and Fire only if fired upon are two pieces of pseudo-tactical advice thrown out so often that people now merely parrot the phrases without ever thinking about what they mean. When examined at the basic level the advice is given by those who will not be involved in the conflict. Parents tell their kids “never throw the first punch” and Military Officers issue orders for their troops to “fire only if fired upon”.

In both of the previous examples, the parent or the military officer, neither party is likely to be in actual physical jeopardy when their advice is applied. Nonetheless, telling others to exercise restraint, even to the point of putting them in harm’s way, is on the face both reasonable and civilized.

In a perfect world, the first punch doesn’t maim you and the first incoming rounds don’t kill you. Thus, exercising restraint puts one on the moral high ground. However, is this strategy valid or does it simply embolden and enable the aggressor?

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Zachary Markel, affectionately known as the Shipping Ogre, is an intricate member of the Student of the Gun team. Zachary co-hosts the radio show, publishes the material for public consumption and produces Morning Mindset with Paul G. Markel. As the Shipping Ogre, Zach oversees the SOTG Gear store. He ensures that every package he touches is handled with care.